Our Supply Partners
At BlueGum Design the way we choose materials is much like our approach to design— simple, spare and straightforward. Choose quality materials and let them speak for themselves. We think good design and truly “green” values stem from using products with an environmentally sound pedigree and selecting top quality durable materials. We don’t believe there is anything truly “green” about a cheap throwaway product no matter what it’s made of. That’s why we’ve searched out materials that last.
All our plywood comes from Latvijas Fineris, also one of our manufacturing partners. Click on the link and you will see their commitment to the highest environmental standards and sustainable forest management practices. Now you might ask why do we use Baltic Ply? Sure it’s more expensive but there are so many advantages. It’s very strong and stiff, dimensionally stable and manufactured to remarkably consistent tolerances (standards). This is important when you are taking advantage of today’s computerized milling technologies. The core is made up of uniform thin but solid veneers laminated at right angles to each other. It machines beautifully without tearing or fuzzing and it leaves an attractive void free edge. We like it as a design feature. Hardwood All of our hardwood veneer and solid stock comes from local sources.
We work with a local leather importer and distributor and pick only the best quality leather. Our leather comes from North American or European tanneries that conform to strict environmental standards. At the moment, we are working with some spectacular veg-tan leather from a tannery in Belgium. (This tannery also supplies Hermés and Louis Vuitton. They’re that good.) The “veg tan” process uses—not surprisingly—materials derived from plants, mostly tree bark. We use 8 to 9 oz (1/8 – 9/64 inch) leather cut from double shoulders, the strong thick portion of the hide that has lovely character and grain. The stitching is saddle quality, heavy 207 and 277 weight nylon thread, sewn slowly and properly with a heavy-duty lockstitch sewing machine. The finish is Passier Lederbalsam. With proper care—regular application of conditioner and waxes—quality leather will last many decades.
Our canvas chairs use some wonderful fabric from Fairfield Textiles, a seventh generation family business. Their mills in Bridgeton NJ have been making heavy waxed duck and twill canvas since 1838. Known as Army Duck in the US (or more poetically, as Beaver Cloth in Canada) it was a mainstay for durable outdoor gear for over a century. A 100% natural premium product, the waxing process is a tightly guarded family secret using a formula of food and pharmaceutical grade waxes. It’s completely non-hazardous. Their Martexin heavy weight waxed cloth looks, feels and just plain smells good. It works and handles beautifully to make a high quality seat that sits with the right degree of presence on a safari chair frame. As the fabric ages and breaks in it develops a well worn and comfortable patina.
Most of our plywood has finishes applied at the mills—durable heat and pressure cured translucent lacquers and phenolic finishes. We use two different finishes. The Champlain Chair ash frames are hand finished with a danish soap treatment which produces a soft lustre to the wood and is easy to wipe clean and buff. For the Rubidge chairs we are using Osmo Polyx-Oil, a hard wax oil that that comes in a number of transparent colours for interior and exterior use. Made from 100% natural ingredients Osmo oil is safe for use on childrens' toys and food surfaces when dry.
Pretty important. It holds our sling chairs together. Of course, not just any rope will do. Ours is made by a local manufacturer in Trenton, Ontario that still custom makes rope, mainly for the boating industry. We’ve chosen a soft, durable braided polyester with just a bit of give for comfort yet supple enough to make tying knots easy.
Our shipping is by FedexGround. Working with one courier has all sorts of benefits, not least of which are the savings we can pass on to our customers. Fedex is remarkably good at what they do. We’ve never had a single issue with a late or damaged shipment. All customers receive a tracking number and estimate of delivery date. For some more remote communities, it is more cost-effective to ship furniture by Canada Post. Yellow Line Rule cycling products are shipped by Canada Post unless specifically requested otherwise by the customer.